Trader Joe’s Beer Battered Onion Rings

These Trader Joe’s Beer Battered Onion Rings are frankly the best frozen onion rings I have ever had.  You can say that statement alone saying a lot!

In my opinion, most frozen onion rings are rather, well, disgusting, or if they’re not, they’re truly mediocre. These particular onion rings have stolen the show from the moment I’ve tried them because they are just plain delicious. They’re crunchy, they’re sweet, they’re nicely battered.  They truly remind me of the onion rings I get at my local beach (which are dipped in a pancake batter and fried).  These give me that same flavor without all the added fat and calories.

To make these, I simply pray a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray, layer out my onion rings and I spritz the top of them with spray.  As the bag suggests I bake them halfway through, then flip and cook an additional 7-10 minutes.  They come out nice and crispy, the onion inside the ring is plentiful, soft, sweet and not overpowering.  A little sprinkle of salt when they’re done, a little ketchup to dip them in and I’m a happy camper!  They’ve been a continuous staple in my freezer since I first tried them.

A serving is 3 ounces (which usually means 5 rings), which is 140 calories or 4 points plus values.

Dinner: Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage & Beer Battered Onion Rings

I think it’s evident from some of my dinner and food finds posts that I love Trader Joe’s.  They offer an array of comfort foods which are point friendly and also delicious.  One day dinner was going to be a staple “comfort food” sausage sandwiches!
I heated up the Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage in the oven along with the Trader Joe’s Melange & Trois mixed red, yellow and green peppers.  The sausages are delicious – a nice smooth garlic flavor, without being overbearing.  Slapped on a hot dog roll with the peppers, a little mustard and ketchup you’d never know you’re eating a chicken sausage (well, you can tell it’s not pork because it doesn’t give you that immediate heavy feeling in your stomach).  It’s also not extremely fatty as pork sausages are.  They are only 3 points plus values for one, plus 2 points plus values for the hot dog bun.
A while back, I picked up a bag of Trader Joe’s Beer Battered Onion Rings and my boyfriend and I have been in love since.  They are quite delicious, sweet and quite possibly THE best frozen onion rings I have ever had.  Onion rings are one of my favorite fried treats (particularly when at the beach) and these are just money.  They’re nicely battered, they’re sweet and they do get nice and crispy in the oven – because soggy onion rings are just a big yuck!  These are straight out delicious. These are so good we typically always have a bag in the freezer as a quick side to a meal.  3 ounces is only 5 points plus values.
Quite a delicious, filling AND simple meal!
QUESTION:
What is one of your favorite simple meals to pick up and make from Trader Joe’s?

Trader Joe’s Dinner – Chile Lime Chicken Burgers & Beer Battered Onion Rings

 


Firstly, I want to point out that these two items are quite possibly two of my favorite items that Trader Joe’s sells – both of which are available in their freeze section.  The greatest thing about this meal is the fact it takes little to no time at all to throw together.  The burgers are raw, so after defrosting in the fridge for 2-hours, they cook up in under 15 minutes – usually everything (burgers and onion rings) are finishing up around the same time.
The Chile Lime Chicken Burgers {which are 3 points plus for 1 or 7 for 2 if you’re “hangry”] are a fabulous invention by the masterminds at Trader Joe’s.  It’s a classic chicken burger – and I admit when I first purchased these (I’ve repurchased quite a bit) I was skeptical of the flavor.  I’ve purchased plain chicken burgers from the store and they’re always blah. You an season them to death but they always end up tasting like a plain chicken burger.  These are just perfectly seasoned and delicious.  The flavors that make up the burgers are not over powering, they’re just great.
The Beer Battered Onion Rings [which are only 4 points plus for 3 oz] are frankly the best frozen onion rings I have ever had and that’s saying a lot!  Usually frozen onion rings are well, disgusting, or mediocre but these are just plain delicious. I spray a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray, layer out my onion rings and I spritz the top of them with spray.  Typically I flip them a little more than half-way through cooking time.  They just come out nice and crispy, the onion inside the ring is plentiful, soft and not overpowering.  The flavor is delicious; they’re mildly sweet but just overall perfection.  They’ve been a continuous staple in my freezer since I first tried them – but sadly, we finished the last bag so that means they’re on my “To Buy” list for Trader Joe’s.
We ate this on simple toasted bread (I had mine on light Italian bread) topped with a little tomato, lettuce, mustard and a pinch of ketchup. Delish!  Overall dinner was 9 points plus and delicious!
QUESTION:
Have you tried either of these Trader Joe’s products?